BP Trinidad and Tobago LLC (bpTT) has commissioned the Joe Douglas 240C jack up rig, owned and operated by Rowan Companies, to begin drilling at the bpTT Amherstia facility.

BPTT Regional President Norman Christie commented: “The Joe Douglas rig is a welcome addition to the bpTT rig fleet. It represents an opportunity to access more hydrocarbons from our existing acreage in the Columbus Basin, and is a demonstration of our continued commitment to Trinidad and Tobago.”

The Joe Douglas rig previously worked for another operator in Trinidad and was moored in Chaguaramas for approximately 45 days where it underwent maintenance. After completion of the maintenance work, the rig was moved to the offshore location alongside the Amherstia platform located off the south east coast of Trinidad, where it commenced drilling operations in October.

This is the first time a jack-up rig will work alongside the Amherstia facility and will drill three new wells, with the potential for a fourth. The expected gas output from these three wells is approximately 235 million standard cubic feet a day (mmscfd). 

The Rowan Joe Douglas rig joins the bpTT rig fleet of Rowan EXL II (currently alongside the Mango platform) and Diamond Ocean Victory (currently completing the Juniper wells).